Public schools: Final interviews scheduled

First Posted: 1/15/2009

LUMBERTON - The Robeson County school board will hold final interviews for two of the three superintendent finalists on Sunday. The third person will be interviewed on Monday.
The board talked about the search for an hour during a closed session on Monday. No other action was taken.
Allison Schafer, a legal advisor for the North Carolina School Boards Association, attended the meeting. School board Chairman Mike Smith declined to say what was discussed because it involved personnel matters.
&#8220A few board members had some questions for Allison,” Smith said.
The board has hired the North Carolina School Boards Association to assist it with the search. The finalists, whose names have not been made public, are educators from California, Johnston County and Robeson County. Two of the applicants have been superintendents before. The one from Robeson County has not.
The interviews on Sunday will begin at 6 p.m. and the one on Monday will begin at 7 p.m.
&#8220If there is anything pressing, we will meet” in open session, Smith said. &#8220If not, we will have the public comment period then go into executive session.”
Smith said the board is on schedule with its timeline, which calls for a meeting on April 13 to &#8220decide on terms of offers.” Contract discussions are expected to continue until April 20, when the board has said it would publicly name the new superintendent.There is also the possibility that board members will use some of the time between Monday and April 13 to visit the communities of one or both finalists who are not from Robeson County.
The board began the search in August after Superintendent Colin Armstrong say he would not seek an extension of his three-year contract. His contract expires on June 30.

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